The 2nd International Workshop on Collaborative Communities for Social Computing

Research Article

Where will I go next?: Predicting Future Categorical Check-ins in Location Based Social Networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2012.250536,
        author={Velin Kounev},
        title={Where will I go next?: Predicting Future Categorical Check-ins in Location Based Social Networks},
        proceedings={The 2nd International Workshop on Collaborative Communities for Social Computing},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={CCSOCIALCOMP},
        year={2012},
        month={12},
        keywords={location based social networks future check-in model prediction foursquare},
        doi={10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2012.250536}
    }
    
  • Velin Kounev
    Year: 2012
    Where will I go next?: Predicting Future Categorical Check-ins in Location Based Social Networks
    CCSOCIALCOMP
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2012.250536
Velin Kounev,*
    *Contact email: vkounev@pitt.edu

    Abstract

    Models to predict the future location of users have been developed in the past few decades. However, these efforts cannot drive applications related to location-based targeting since they focus on flat geographic prediction with no semantic information. With the emergence of Location Based Social Networks (LBSN) geographical data can be supplemented with contextual information. An efficient location predictor might bring numerous opportunities and commercial benefits. In this work we propose two simple predictors modeling future geo-contextual user behavior. The algorithms have two outputs: first the most likely next visit in terms of category and second the expected time frame of when such a visit may occur. The predictors use categorized user activities as unique check-ins at specific times. Using real data obtained from commercial LBSN (FourSquare), we show the efficiency of the algorithms.